A Gift of Song

‘Tiny Movements’ by Gordon Hamilton

Words inspired from the poems in ‘Small Kingdoms’ by Anita Patel (featured in the book ‘Heart Stitched’).
A Gift of Song

‘Tiny Movements’ is the latest song to be commissioned by Four Winds. We were keen to commission a song that singers up and down the Far South Coast will love to sing; something simple, catchy, meaningful.

Click here to download the Words “A Gift of Song”

Verse 1

So much life on this bright rock
Feeding the earth with hope
So much life on this bright rock
Feeding the earth with hope

Chorus

Pulse and beat
Beneath our feet
Silent work
Beneath our feet
Tiny movements, unheard unseen
Silent work
Beneath our feet
Pulse and beat
Beneath our feet

Verse 2

Fern, fungus, soil and seed
Feeding the earth with hope
Fern, fungus, soil and seed
Feeding the earth with hope

Verse 3

Small friends, in times of need
Feeding the earth with hope
Small friends, in times of need
Feeding the earth with hope

Verse 4

Big water and small hands
Feeding the earth with hope
Big water and small hands
Feeding the earth with hope

Tiny Movements

 Gordon Hamilton (conductor)

 The Australian Voices

 James Crabb (classical accordion)

Having Fun Beyond the Concert Hall

One of the beautiful things about Four Winds is that we exist beyond the Concert Hall. This is no exception and the Australian voices have clearly had a lot of fun shaking off the formality of a concert performance to record this in their own homes, gardens and bathrooms! Expect the unexpected!

Coming together through song

Whilst not an explicit response to the devastating bush-fires on the Far South Coast of NSW we anticipated that ‘Tiny Movements’ would bring the community together in song through workshops and performances across the region. We imagined the community being united and uplifted by the experience of singing together after such a challenging start to the year.

The words

The song’s text is inspired by a series of poems called ‘Small Kingdoms’ by Canberra based poet Anita Patel. The poem appears in a beautiful book called ‘Heart Stitched’ which is a collaboration between Anita and visual artist Annie Franklin who lives on the Far South Coast of NSW.

First performance

The world premiere was to be on Good Friday in the heart of Bermagui on the Dickinson Oval following a series of community singing days which were to be open to anyone who wanted to join in. Then came Covid-19 which prevented any gatherings so our plans for community singing were scuppered.

First virtual performance

We are delighted to present the song to you virtually. Gordon Hamilton and The Australian Voices, along with guest collaborators – including our very own James Crabb – have recorded the song so that we can still share it with you at Easter. It’s a great reminder of the work Four Winds does in commissioning new works and bringing joy to our community.

Chance to Join in

The song is simple and catchy so you’ll find you can join in. In the coming weeks we will be uploading resources so that you can learn the song by singing along to rehearsal tracks. If you love to sing, come and join us for a live performance which is planned for Saturday 14th November 2020 on the Dickinson Oval – rehearsal singing day to be announced.

We would like thank
  • Gordon Hamilton, The Australian Voices and the musicians involved for recording this song so we could present it to you
  • Anita Patel for allowing us to use words from her poems ‘Small Kingdoms’ from Heart Stitched
  • Festivals Australia: this project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Festivals Australia program.

Biographies

 Gordon Hamilton (conductor) | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Youtube

Gordon Hamilton (born 1982) is an Australian composer and conductor.

Since 2009 he has been the Artistic Director of the Australian Voices and lead the group around the world to critical acclaim. He was born in Newcastle, and lived and worked in Bremen, Germany for five years as a conductor and composer. He now lives in Brisbane.

“One of the QSO’s secret weapons is Gordon Hamilton, a musical chameleon with bonafides in the territories of Hip Hop and Classical music.” — ArtsHub

 The Australian Voices | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube

It is with high artistic energy that The Australian Voices (TAV) commission and perform the work of Australian composers. 2018 commissions include Lachlan Skipworth, Lisa Young, Alice Chance, Joe Twist, Sean O’Boyle and Gordon Hamilton.

Recently TAV has recorded new works intended for “performance” on YouTube. Hamilton’s composition The 9 Cutest Things That Ever Happened (2013) has been viewed over one million times. In 2014 they made international headlines with a video of Rob Davidson’s Not Now, Not Ever! (2014), a musicalisation of Julia Gillard’s ‘misogyny’ speech.

Their album for Warner Classics (2012) was observed by Gramophone Magazine to “boast a crisp, resonant delivery of the sonic goods under Hamilton’s confident direction.” In 2013 they released a songbook with Edition Peters and in 2016 an album for ABC Classics.

Recently the group has brought their distinctly Australian sound to audiences in Guatemala, Mexico, China, the UK, Germany, New Caledonia, USA, Palestine, Woodford Folk Festival and Hobart Festival of Voices.

Gordon Hamilton (conductor), Dominica Gilbert (soprano), Laura Wachsman (mezzo soprano), Izzy Gerometta (alto), Sophie Gregory (alto), Sam Dale (tenor), Ryan Paroz (tenor), Jesse van Proctor (baritone), Jamie Moffatt (bass)